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They sing in my head even now... What a wonderful storyteller-poet Kipling was." --Michael Morpurgo, Guardian
'Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was.'
Have you ever enquired why the elephant has such an enormously elongated nose? Are you confused by a cat's contrariness? Have you ruminated on the wrinkles of a rhinocerous? Or speculated how the leopard got its spots? Rudyard Kipling wondered about all these things too, and in this marvellous collection of stories he imagines how the animals became 'just so'.
Kipling's classic collection of origin stories
Have you ever inquired why the elephant has such an enormously elongated nose? Are you confused by a cat's contrariness? Have you ruminated on the wrinkles of a rhinocerous, or speculated how the leopard got its spots? Rudyard Kipling wondered about all these things too, and in this marvelous collection of stories he imagines how the animals became "just so." Extra materials in the back include a quiz, more information on Rudyard Kipling, interesting animal facts, and an interview with Phillip Pullman on why he loves Just So Stories.
About the Author
RUDYARD KIPLING was born in Bombay in India in 1865 to British parents, and brought up by a Portuguese 'ayah' (nanny) and an Indian servant, who would entertain him with fabulous stories and Indian nursery rhymes. He was sent back to England when he was seven years old, and lived in a boarding house with a couple who were cruelly strict. Fortunately he returned to India at the age of sixteen, to work as the assistant editor of a newspaper in Lahore. He began publishing stories and poems and eventually had great success with his book Plain Tales from the Hills. After his marriage Kipling settled in America, and it was here that he wrote The Jungle Book. He then moved with his family to England, where he wrote Just So Stories for his daughter Josephine who later tragically died of pneumonia. Rudyard Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 and died on January 18, 1936.
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